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The Issue With Ukulele Tabs

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From How to Read Ukulele Tabs

About The Lesson

Don’t get me wrong, having the ability to read ukulele tabs will have a dramatic effect on your ukulele playing as you’ll be able to play so many more songs. However, they do come with some…problems. In this lesson, we will discuss some things to consider while using ukulele tabs.

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Not A Clear Picture

Whilst tab is great for beginners who are just starting out or people who are familiar with the songs they are trying to play.

After you have learnt how to read ukulele tabs, There are a few issues when it comes to relying on the TABs to learn songs. One of them is there’s no sense of timing in TABs. Unlike sheet music, it’s impossible for the TAB to tell you how much space you should leave between notes. Equally how quickly you should play notes after each other.

The only way to combat this is to know how the song sounds before you are learning. Which about 99% of the time this would be the case. However, If you are seeing the TAB for the first time you are going to NEED to listen to the song to learn it.

Whereas if you had sheet music, through to the use of quavers and crotchets, you would be able to know exactly how long to play each note for

Lack Of Tabs

Another issue with TAB is the severe lack of it on the internet. Especially for the ukulele. You can find guitar tabs for any song you want to try finding them on the four string and you’re going to become stuck, very quick.

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Sarah Gee
Sarah Gee
1 year ago

This utterly brilliant thanks and I’m about to join your lessons.


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